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Living with Inconsistencies in Classification of Chemical Hazards

Thursday, September 27 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Learning Level: Competent | Topic: Global Regulations

Despite “harmonization” efforts, classification of chemical hazards remains a source of problems for product stewards. While GHS has brought many benefits, the inconsistencies and differences in classification remain a concern and cause problems in the supply chain. In this series of interactive scenes of product stewards in action, real-world examples of inconsistencies and differences will be highlighted, and the downstream implications will be examined, and possible methods for resolution will be presented.  
  • Scene 1: At the US/Mexico border; customs notices differences between DOT paperwork and SDS, holds up shipment, and demands new DOT paperwork to match the SDS.  
  • Scene 2: Product stewards at their desks in Philadelphia and Rotterdam notice differences between US and EU classifications on SDSs for the company’s product and attempt to “clarify the message” to a global client that has received both versions (different versions at different facilities).  
  • Scene 3: A procurement product steward is trying to explain to a production manager why two different suppliers of raw material X have different hazard classifications, and different PPE requirements, on their SDSs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify, understand, and communicate differences between various hazard classification systems. 
  2. Better communicate product safety and stewardship information in diverse settings by gaining awareness of the range of mechanisms for hazard communication.
  3. Recognize the impact of new or newly invigorated sources of hazard communication information.
Paul Harper, Principal, Ramboll
Robert Skoglund, Director, Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs, Covestro
Gavin Thompson, PhD, Principal Consultant, Ramboll
Mark McKinney, Business Segment Manager, Product Stewardship, BASF
Kathleen Murphy, Global Director, Regulatory Affairs, The Sherwin-Williams Company